My Green Tea Tastes Bitter.. HELP!

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    Nov 12, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    How do you get the green tea to taste right? Im not making individual cups, but full pots, and I used just plain dried powder tea... advice pls!
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    Nov 12, 2011 11:04 PM GMT
    Add honey.
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    Nov 12, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    Are you looking for ways of sweetening it? or making it less bitter w/o any additions and just enjoying the green tea?

    If it's the latter you're looking for, the water you're using may be too hot and you may be steeping for too long.

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    Nov 12, 2011 11:09 PM GMT
    ^ So I need to let the water cool and/or steepen it shorter? What is the temp/time you would use?

    Unless the bitter flavour has something to do with the beneficial health effects, i want to avoid the bitterness.... Dont like sweetening the tea.. as I drink tea all day now and I get kinda sick of all that sweetener lol
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    Nov 12, 2011 11:10 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidAdd honey.


    Well, honey I believe is very good, like I posted in the other spot.. but I get kinda sick of drinking sweet tea all day long....
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    Nov 12, 2011 11:33 PM GMT
    GreenHopper said
    paulflexes saidAdd honey.


    Well, honey I believe is very good, like I posted in the other spot.. but I get kinda sick of drinking sweet tea all day long....
    Try using less tea, or don't steep it as long.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 12, 2011 11:42 PM GMT
    try Yogi brand green teas, they have different blends with other herbs that taste great
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    Nov 12, 2011 11:49 PM GMT
    Timbales saidtry Yogi brand green teas, they have different blends with other herbs that taste great


    O no way.. I add my own herbs fresh! But thanks for the tip ;) Im a tea purist so I just need to know how to get this one ingrediant right icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 12, 2011 11:51 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidI've never used powder, but with actual dried tea, keep the steep under 3 minutes. After 3 min, I start to notice the tannins, which give the tea a bitterness and a astringency (dryness) in the mouth.

    Water temp should not have reached boiling, but close to it (95-98 C).

    I mostly make iced tea and that one rule is the difference between amazing ice tea and shite, imo.


    What colour of the tea, or amount of tea in water do you think is optimal?
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    Nov 13, 2011 12:06 AM GMT
    GreenHopper said
    Timbales saidtry Yogi brand green teas, they have different blends with other herbs that taste great


    O no way.. I add my own herbs fresh! But thanks for the tip ;) Im a tea purist so I just need to know how to get this one ingrediant right icon_smile.gif


    maybe a dash of licorice root?
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    Nov 13, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    Timbales said
    GreenHopper said
    Timbales saidtry Yogi brand green teas, they have different blends with other herbs that taste great


    O no way.. I add my own herbs fresh! But thanks for the tip ;) Im a tea purist so I just need to know how to get this one ingrediant right icon_smile.gif


    maybe a dash of licorice root?


    Thats great! but it doesnt get rid of the bitetr flavour icon_sad.gif i need to get rid of the bitter!
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    Nov 13, 2011 12:48 AM GMT
    ^

    3 minutes? Just now I tried steeping for a minute and a half and and I used non-boiling water like you recommended.. the bitterness was gone... now I will try playing around with the steeping time.. thanks for the tip!
  • mizu5

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    Nov 13, 2011 2:10 AM GMT
    green tea you want at 82-88 degrees and steeping for 2 minutes tops.


    I worked at a tea store, and I am a little obsessed...
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    Nov 13, 2011 2:13 AM GMT
    mizu5 saidgreen tea you want at 82-88 degrees and steeping for 2 minutes tops.


    I worked at a tea store, and I am a little obsessed...


    Finally ! A tea knower! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 13, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    Why not keep it bitter? It's nicer that way, at least for me. Plus all that sugar isn't good. You might grow to like it even icon_smile.gif If not, I think you could always try different tea leaves.
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    Nov 13, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    TheChrisGuy saidWhy not keep it bitter? It's nicer that way, at least for me. Plus all that sugar isn't good. You might grow to like it even icon_smile.gif If not, I think you could always try different tea leaves.
    If ti tastes bitter you either oversteped it, or burnt it. Though I suppose its all personal taste? I like my toast burnt icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 13, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    mizu5 said
    TheChrisGuy saidWhy not keep it bitter? It's nicer that way, at least for me. Plus all that sugar isn't good. You might grow to like it even icon_smile.gif If not, I think you could always try different tea leaves.
    If ti tastes bitter you either oversteped it, or burnt it. Though I suppose its all personal taste? I like my toast burnt icon_razz.gif


    Maybe Asian green tea tastes different from the ones you guys drink then icon_neutral.gif You like burnt toast????!!
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    Nov 13, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    More than likely you steeped it too long. Green tea I usually steep for only 1-2 minutes.

    Or perhaps you added too much tea? Usually one spoonful for a full cup is more than enough.

    Also, water for green tea should be hot but not boiling. Water near boiling point harms the flavor of the team.

    Black tea I love bitter, so I have no problem with steeping it 5+ minutes. But green tea doesn't taste too good when it's bitter. I definitely have to keep an eye on how long it brews.
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    Nov 13, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    5 minutes tops for green tea. Other teas may be steeped longer without bitterness. I personally like to place lemons in the pot as it's steeping.
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    Nov 13, 2011 3:05 AM GMT
    That ain't green tea you're drinking dude, that ain't green tea icon_redface.gif
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    Nov 13, 2011 3:06 AM GMT
    Unless you're drinking yerba mate? Now that stuff is really bitter, especially the first two rounds you have. Definitely an acquired taste. Once you get past that, it's quite enjoyable.
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    Nov 13, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    This is the brand that I drink just about everyday and it's always delicious...try it for yourself.

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    Nov 13, 2011 9:49 AM GMT
    what leaves are you using? I´m into gunpowder which, frankly, can take a LONG soak and still tastes great

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    Pour boiling water onto the tea... coffee needs water off the boil, but tea needs it bubbling.

    Sometimes green tea can taste a bit like fish.
  • allanon

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    Nov 13, 2011 4:43 PM GMT
    "A broken leaf is a bitter leaf," so they say. Try using whole leaf tea from a reputable tea company, like Seven Cups.

    Never use boiling water with green tea. It should be steeped at 180 degrees F.

    1-2 minutes is a good steeping time. A truly good whole leaf green tea can yield as many as five full-flavored steepings.

    For more info, visit sevencups.com
  • FredMG

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    Nov 13, 2011 5:08 PM GMT
    The basic steps to a good pot of tea:

    1. Have a pot that brews just about as much tea as you'll drink in one, maybe two cups.

    2. Boil water in a kettle on the stove (or use an electric kettle)

    3. Measure out the amount of tea you'll be using, about a tablespoon per cup.

    4. Warm the tea pot with some of the boilng water from the kettle by swooshing it about the inside until the tea pot is warm.

    5. Put the tea leaves in the pot.

    6. Put the boiling water in the pot.*

    7. Wait for 3 minutes for the tea to steep.

    8. enjoy your tea.

    - If you don't like tea leaves in your cup, straining as you pour gives the best flavor, but placing the leaves in strainer in the pot will work too.

    *Some Japanese tea pots benefit by over-filling so that the hot water runs over the side, and if you skip that step, the pot will eventually dry out and crack.

    Or, alternitvly by a good bagged tea, put the bag in the cup, fill cup with water and microwave for a minute or so then let it steep for 3 minutes. Not as good, but much easier to do in an office environment.